Growing concern over notorious junction

RESIDENTS have voiced their growing concerns over the congested Hipperholme crossroads.

The notorious junction has been operating over its capacity for a number of years especially at peak times when pedestrians have to wait a total of 110 seconds to cross the road.

Motorists are also facing long delays during the rush hour traffic in all four directions from Brighouse, Leeds, Halifax and Shelf.

Various suggestions have been put forward to the Urban Traffic Control at Leeds City Council who are responsible for the lights when more than 40 residents attended the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward forum.

One suggestion was the use of a green filter light at each of the four lanes which would help traffic wanting to turn right but an engineer from Urban Traffic Control said that this was not possible because it would only make the queuing worse because the other lanes would be delayed so that the right turn could filter efficiently.

One Hipperholme resident said: “At present people who are turning right, on the whole, sit in the middle until it goes red then they get three or four cars coming through on red at that point. So could we allow more time when all the lights are red so these cars can get out of the way.

“And when the green man comes on to cross Denholmegate Road you often get motorists nearly taking you out turning right from Leeds Road because the green man comes on straight away before they have had chance to get across the road.”

Another suggestion was to install a camera on the each set of lights which would pick people up who are going through them illegally which could help people attempting to turn right in all directions.

Councillor Colin Raistrick said he uses the crossroads several times in a day. “When you turn right you take your life into your own hands,” he said.

“Part of the problem with turning right from Leeds Road into Denholmegate Road is that the minute you cross the light you don’t know what is going on. There are no lights to guide drivers.

“Engineers have said the only solution to the problem is to provide extra lanes to get the capacity needed but this cannot be done without taking some land.

Two suggestions were put forward to alter the length of time each light was on green or to just have one of the four routes on green at any one time.

These will be tested on a simulator by Urban Traffic Control to see if they are practical.